MXL V67GS. Not to be confused with MXL V67G. I repeat. Not to be confused with MXL V67G.
The reason behind this warning before I begin the review is that I did get a bit confused myself. Both MXL V67G and MXL V67GS look virtually the same. They have the same 32mm gold-sputtered capsule. I personally love the green and gold combo.
Speaking of differences, if you go to the official site, you will see the same features and specs. The only key difference between MXL V67G and MXL V67GS is the addition of two new filters: the high pass filter and a 6dB pad. Not everyone would agree on the benefits of these upgrades for a home studio recording, but for me, additional features means more versatility – and that can never be a bad idea.
Now that we are clear on the differences, let’s begin the review with a basic overview.
The first time I saw this mic, I got a very old school, classic rock vibe. I was happy to know that it is actually created with that kind of vocals in mind. The official site states that it is created for an “open and pure sound.” I wasn’t sure what to make of it until I actually used it. The way it enhances the natural warmth of a good voice is simply amazing and quite comparable to what I’ve heard out of some extremely expensive equipment.
MXL isn’t a widely popular brand but most home recording fellas do know of it. In fact, every enthusiast is likely to own at least on MXL mic. There isn’t a lot of information available about the manufacturer but one purchase is enough to know that they are producing good quality at a reasonable price.
VG7GS is one of MXL’s biggest hits in the recent years. While everyone is raving about how suitable it is for classic rock and country, I am surprised no one is talking about how great it is for hip-hop and R&B. Though, if you’re more into rap, you will benefit from these rapping mics.
The fact that it isn’t too hard on the pocket makes me very happy. Yes, I am overall happy with it but I won’t pass any verdict just yet. There are a number of things you need to know before you decide if this is the right mic for you. You might also want to check out my review of Audio Technica At2020.
So, let’s cut to the chase and start with a detailed breakdown of its features.
I am never a big fan of dumping a whole lot of features in one product. There are very few manufacturers who have ever done it right. More of then not, such products end up compromising performance for the sake of versatility. All you get is a mic that mediocre at everything but best at nothing. Also, such products aren’t very easy to use and can confuse beginners.
So, while MXL VG7GS is an upgraded version of the VG7G, the features list is still quite refined. Let’s just talk about its most defining features and what I think about them.
- Classic Green and Gold Capsule
I know this doesn’t have much to do with the performance but it is a feature you just can’t ignore. This mic has a distinct look that appears classy to some and tacky to others. The gold may be a bit extra but the overall retro vibe is great. For the price, the body seems quite sturdy. It may not be the best material of build quality, but it is nothing noticeably cheap.
- Large Diaphragm
MXL V67GS has a large 32mm gold-sputtered diaphragm. I like larger diaphragm mics for home recording. It has deeper low-frequency response. The old-sputtered diaphragm definitely has its own sets of pros ,which we will discuss later.
- Cardioid Pickup Pattern
Cardioid pickup pattern is something I always prefer for home recording mics. They work great in rooms that aren’t treated. This feature plays an important role in delivering the sound clarity in case of MXL V67GS. We’ve also written a detailed guide on how to reduce echo while recording.
- Switchable High-Pass Filter
The switchable high-pass filter works wonders in reducing the proximity effect. It was a great idea to include this feature in the V67GS. It really helps overcome the issues most people have with cardioid pickup pattern.
- Standard XLR Connector
It comes with a standard XLR connector and if you ask me, I think it is a benefit as it makes the setup much easier.
First Impression – A Steal for the Price
If we are talking about aesthetics, this mic is a clear winner for me. Not that I am a huge fan of the bling but I think it stays true to the genre it best fits. I can imagine classic rock icons absolutely adoring this piece if it were available at the time. Even the green shade is slightly leaning towards the teal, which is generally associated with the classic rock and country music era.
In terms of looks, the only improvement I can think of is the gold. It could’ve been less bright because right now it does look slightly tacky and gives away the price point. Still, if you aren’t that critical a consumer, this mic looks more expensive than it actually is.
The built quality is impressive at this price point. It doesn’t feel flimsy and cheap at all.
Usability – Simple and Straightforward
I haven’t used the now discontinued predecessor of this mic but I have heard some good reviews from my peers. The only complain most of them had was the lack of switchable patterns and attenuation pad. The fact that MXL VG7GS answers those concerns says a lot about the manufacturer’s desire to satisfy its customer. It may not be a widely recognized brand at the moment, but this level of commitment is surely gonna help.
The setup is quite simple and straightforward and the mic is bound to impress in its first test. For the lack of better words, this mic was able to deliver a very neutral duplication of sound. That makes it perfect for vocals as well as acoustic instruments.
Performance – Impressive Sound Quality
If you have come across other reviews of this mic, you will see that people are describing the sound as “old school tube mellow.” Couldn’t agree more. The sound comes out warm, mellow, and raw. It is why I recommend it for acoustic instruments. You can also use this one.
As for vocals, you need to be very careful as it may capture every tiny bit of detail in your voice. If you don’t have the perfect voice, you may not like what you hear – but if you have gifted chords, this may as well become your go-to mic for home studio recording.
I find it extremely useful for warming female vocals, especially the ones that are a little too harsh for country or classic rock genre.
Sound Clarity – Negligible Background Noise
MXL VG7GS is a large diaphragm mic and that means it is more sensitive than small diaphragm counterparts. While it is good for vocals, it is also good at picking up ambient noises from the background. It can pick up vibrations from any electronic equipment in the room. So, you will have to make adjustments accordingly.
Due to its high sensitivity, MXL VG7GS is not recommended for stage performance. However, one must really appreciate its ability to pick up a wide variety of pitches during home recording. It can make your voice stand out and stay above a busy mix. It is exactly why I mentioned that it works extremely well for RnB. You can have a number of instrument playing and still hear the vocals loud and clear.
A few fellas did complain about a slight hiss with the previous version, but I did not experience that issue with the MXL VG7GS. That is definitely an improvement.
Gold Sputtered Diaphragm
I’ve been meaning to talk about gold sputtering for a while and this baby gives me a good reason to discuss. Many believe that gold sputtered diaphragm is just a marketing fad to make a product seem high-end, but it isn’t entirely true. A number products may have exploited this feature just for the profits, but it actually has a technical advantage and practical value.
Gold is an excellent conductor of electricity and can add rigidity to an otherwise lightweight diaphragm without compromising its agility. It plays a great role in maintaining accuracy over a wide range. This is the reason it is a common feature for most high quality condenser capsule mics.
For MXL VG7GS, the gold sputtered diaphragm seems to be a contributing factor behind the impressive performance.
The Final Verdict
All things considered, MXL VG7GS is a purchase you won’t regret. It brilliantly outshines other mics in the same price range. People may have mixed views about its appearance, but it offers little to complain about in terms of performance. It answers a number of issues users pointed out in VG7G and that puts MXL in my good books. I will try and review more of their products in the future. Till then, I highly recommend this for novice home studio fellas. We also have a whole list of recommendations for the best microphones for singing.